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Key references

References for the key publications of interest to Indigenous Health Workers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are listed here.

2011

Health Workforce Australia (2011)

Environmental scan: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker project.

Adelaide: Health Workforce Australia

This publication is a key output from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker project, a major workforce development project currently being undertaken by Health Workforce Australia (HWA).

The publication documents and synthesises the wide range of information and data (e.g. policies, practices and research studies) relevant to the development of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker workforce. The publication:

  • provides a national, cross-sector picture of what is already known
  • identifies gaps in the knowledge base for further investigation
  • informs the framework to guide the information collection phases of HWA's project.

The publication focuses on two broad areas:

  • high level considerations which influence the design of and demand for the Health Worker role including:
    • historical, cultural and policy context (Chapter 2)
    • health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (Chapter 3)
    • the availability and accessibility of health services (Chapter 4)
  • Health Worker specific issues including:
    • definition, scope of practice and role (Chapter 5)
    • distribution and demographics of the Health Worker workforce (Chapter 6)
    • quality and safety mechanisms (Chapter 7)
    • career pathways (Chapter 8) education and training (Chapter 9)
    • recruitment and retention (Chapter 10).

The publication is not intended as an exhaustive literature review. Rather, it is a working resource for the Health Worker project which summarises the key themes arising from a range of sources identified through desktop research, key informant interviews and feedback from planning and reference groups.

Adapted from Health Workforce Australia

2009

Ridoutt L, Pilbeam V, Lee K (2009)

Aboriginal health worker profession review: final report.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Health & Families

This report is an important review of the Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) profession in the Northern Territory (NT). The review focuses on AHW workforce size and career structure, participation and progression.

The report was commissioned by the NT Department of Health and Families with agreement from the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union, as a result of discussions about the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement that covers Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs).

The report makes a number of recommendations. These are about:

  • work role and organisation
  • workforce size
  • recruitment
  • training
  • professional development and ongoing support
  • professional representation
  • retention issues
  • role clarifications
  • the role of AHWs in acute care settings
  • induction and cultural awareness training for nursing staff
  • management practices.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2008

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2008)

Impact of implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker qualifications in NSW: discussion paper.

Sydney: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

Lloyd JE, Wise MJ, Weeramanthri T (2008)

Changing shape: workforce and the implementation of Aboriginal health policy.

Australian Health Review; 32(1): 174-185

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

NACCHO submission to Health Workforce Principals Committee regarding partially-regulated professions.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (2008)

NACCHO submission to Health Workforce Principals Committee regarding proposed registration arrangements.

Canberra: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

2007

Cheng MH (2007)

Aboriginal workers key to Indigenous health in Australia.

The Lancet; 370(9598): 1533-1536

2006

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (2006)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in vocational education and training: research report.

Sydney: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

This research report provides an overview of the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in apprenticeships for community and health services. The report also identifies opportunities and options for increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in new apprenticeships and vocational education and training more generally.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Genat B, Bushby S, McGuire M, Taylor E, Walley Y, Weston T (2006)

Aboriginal healthworkers: primary health care at the margins.

Perth: University of Western Australian Press

This book discusses what Indigenous healthworkers do, the holistic nature of their profession and how they are perceived by their Indigenous clients. It identifies a lack of professional recognition of healthworkers and inadequate support from Western medical clinicians. The authors, five of which are Aboriginal healthworkers, suggest that practical steps be taken for greater engagement of the profession with the mainstream health system

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Rural Health Alliance (2006)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers [position paper].

Deakin West, ACT: National Rural Health Alliance

2004

Access Economics (2004)

Indigenous health workforce needs.

Canberra, ACT: Australian Medical Association

Rose M, Jackson Pulver LR (2004)

Aboriginal health workers: professional qualifications to match their health promotion roles.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 15(3): 240-244

2003

Flynn R (2003)

New national qualifications for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 27(3): 17-18

2001

Genat WJ (2001)

Beyond the clinic, beyond the rhetoric: holistic Aboriginal health worker practice at the margins.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth, Western Australia

2000

Curtin Indigenous Research Centre, Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Consortium, Jojara & Associates (2000)

Training re-visions: a national review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker training.

Perth: Curtin Indigenous Research Centre with Centre for Educational Research and Evaluation Consortium

1980

Devanesen D, Briscoe J (1980)

The health worker training program in Central Australia: The Lambie-Dew Oration 1980.

Sydney: Sydney University Medical Society

 
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